Bylsma Signs Three-Year Extension

-“The bigger the challenge, the greater the opportunity.” Dan Bylsma is a classic example of a person who has been through many challenges early in his coaching career. Bylsma today signed a three-year extension to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins. His new contract runs through the 2013-14 season. The 40 year old coach currently has a 104-52-19 record as the Penguins coach. His .649 winning percentage is the highest in franchise history. After replacing Michel Therrien in 2009 after the Penguins were falling out of the playoff race, Bylsma took the team into the playoffs and eventually won the Stanley Cup. This season, the Penguins have been without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for a good amount of the year. Other players such as Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, Chris Kunitz, Mark Letestu, Mike Comrie, and Jordan Staal have missed time as well. Despite having one of the most ridiculous seasons in NHL history as far as injuries go, Bylsma has led the team to a 39-21-8 seaon. That record puts them two points away from the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Congratulations to Dan Bylsma. He really earned this contract!